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The role of the emergency department in the care of homeless and disadvantaged populations.

Morris, David M; Gordon, James A.
Emerg Med Clin North Am; 24(4): 839-48, 2006 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | Set 2006 | ID: mdl-16982342
Resumo: This article provides an overview of the role of the emergency department (ED) in the care of homeless and disadvantaged populations. It suggests that organized emergency medicine can have a significant impact on total community health by maintaining a universal "safety net" for the delivery of integrated health and human services. The epidemiology of social deprivation among ED patients is examined, with a particular focus on homelessness. Current research on the value of socio-medical integration in the ED setting is discussed, with emphasis on selected initiatives that have demonstrated feasibility, cost-effectiveness, and impact.